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June 2015 issue

SCU Health Clinic now nationally accredited as provider of quality primary health care

Free health checks during Seniors Week at the pop-up SCU Health Clinic at Lismore Square.

Southern Cross University uses plant genetics and chemistry expertise to boost cannabis research

Tim Shapter with PhD on Hemp at SCU

‘You can achieve your uni dream’

Breanna Hastings and her daughter Chloe.

Professor in guitar rhapsody with new album and newly commissioned concerto

Matthew Marshall (right) with Michael Calvert in New York in December 2014

New album and newly commissioned concerto send Professor into guitar rhapsody 
Lorde, Split Enz and Dave Dobbyn are among New Zealand’s most well-known singers and musicians. In the classical realm, Southern Cross University has been home for almost two years to the internationally recognised guitarist, Matthew Marshall.
Professor of Music Matthew Marshall, who hails from Wellington, has given more than 2000 concerts across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas and Australasia in an award-winning career spanning more than 30 years.
June has been a significant month for Professor Marshall. His latest, and tenth, album ‘Rhapsody on a Riff’, showcasing music from fellow New Zealander, New York-based musician Michael Calvert, was released. Professor Marshall has also just commissioned a concerto to be composed by guitarist Christopher Marshall (no relation), another US-based Kiwi musician, after successfully securing a $20,000 Arts Council of New Zealand grant.
“’Rhapsody on a Riff’ is the culmination of a significant research project I have been working on over the past 18 months in collaboration with Michael Calvert to record and release previously unrecorded contemporary music for the guitar,” said Professor Marshall.
The recording and editing took place in Studio A, the main recording space in the contemporary music building at Lismore campus. The album was released on June 9 by Ravello Records in the USA, one of the world’s leading labels for contemporary classical music.
“A big shout out to our technician Steve Law who did a very fine job as recording engineer, and thanks also to Al Hughes and the tech team for their help in making it happen. We have fantastic facilities and an excellent tech team here in the School of Arts and Social Sciences and it has been a pleasure collaborating with them on this project.”
The $20,000 grant from the Arts Council of New Zealand wi

Highs and lows of Sophie’s marathon journey caught on film


When she takes to the track at the 2015 Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Sophie Curnow’s 42km display of endurance will be on show for all to see. The Southern Cross University first-year nursing student will be running with a video camera attached, documenting the highs and lows of the race for sports company, Asics. She […]

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Professor Rosalind Croucher to present Michael Kirby Lecture

Professor Rosalind Croucher

This year marks the ninth Southern Cross University Michael Kirby Lecture, with the keynote speaker Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, president of the Australian Law Reform Commission. An initiative of the School of Law and Justice, the lecture series is named after former High Court judge, The Honourable Michael Kirby, who is an active human rights […]

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Paris’s drive to a life of learning

Paris Robinson wants to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

Paris Robinson came to the Tweed from the urban sprawl of Sydney’s Waterloo 10 years ago, a journey up the Pacific Highway that changed her life. The 30-year-old exudes intelligence, warmth and quiet determination, traits which have seen her achieve highly not just academically but also as an Indigenous advocate. This year Paris, mother to […]

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‘I’ve had a busy 20 years’: Tawnya Bahr’s Food Innovations


The collaboration between Le Cordon Bleu Australia and Southern Cross University is producing dynamic students such as Tawnya Bahr, writes Le Cordon Bleu academic head Dr Roger Haden. “It’s all about breaking down barriers,” relates Tawnya Bahr, the enterprising owner of Straight to the Source, as she explains her latest venture, a culinary tour with a […]

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Postcard to home: Professor Ismar Lima


Professor Ismar Lima is a visiting academic at Southern Cross University’s School of Business and Tourism.  He hails from Brazil and works at the University of Roraima, located in the country’s northernmost region, which borders Venezuela. It is a place of ecological diversity, where lush rainforests meet Amazonian savannah. During his year at the University […]

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Meet the staff: Dr Mieke Witsel

Dr Mieke Witsel

What is your job at SCU?  I am a senior lecturer and more specifically, a teaching scholar with the School of Business and Tourism. My own educational background lies in the nexus between communication, social psychology and education, and as such my PhD explored intercultural communication in the transcultural classroom from an educator’s perspective. Part […]

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